Chaz & AJ’s Annual Toy Drive Kicks Off in New Haven | Connecticut News
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) – Anyone looking to brighten up a Christmas for a child in need and enjoy an incredible show featuring dozens of performers can just head to New Haven on Friday.
WPLR’s Chaz and AJ kicked off their annual Chaz & AJ McDermott Chevrolet & Lexus Toy Drive at 5:30 a.m.
The morning show hosts have a lot on their mind these days as they prepare for what they consider their biggest event of the year: their massive toy drive at Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven. .
“It’s a busy week,” Chaz told Channel 3 on Tuesday. “Probably 70 performers on and off the stage. It’s like Woodstock with one stage.
The toy drive has become one of the state’s biggest holiday celebrations; however, it was inspired by Chaz’s own childhood. His family have faced financial challenges, but he said the kindhearted people of Connecticut always make sure he has a bright Christmas.
“It started when I was little,” he says. “My parents had to make a decision between the food, the bulb. The toys weren’t on the table. A box of toys came and my dad said people donate them for people like us and I said on the back of my head I said when I was 5 years old, “I hope a day I will be able to give back. “”
Chaz and AJ did just that.
Over the past 18 years, they have helped raise over $ 1 million in toys and cash to help families in need.
AJ said it’s a cause everyone wants to support.
“They are all children. I mean, let’s think about it. Children without toys at Christmas are ridiculous. It’s unthinkable, ”AJ said. “I think people realize the gravity of the situation and it also makes you feel really, really good that somewhere out there a kid opens a toy that you bought for them.”
Anyone who wants to help out and enjoy a big show just needs to bring a new unboxed toy to Jordan’s Furniture between 5:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday.
People can also donate online through the WPLR website. here.